Accident Hughes 369HS N500SD, 06 Aug 2005
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 293238
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Time:00:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hughes 369HS
Owner/operator:Christopher Holland
Registration: N500SD
MSN: 1160870S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Albuquerque, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ)
Destination airport:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter was supporting police officers on the ground, who were attempting to locate a burglary suspect. The pilot and observer were wearing night vision goggles. The pilot established an orbit over the area approximately 400 feet agl. On about the fifth orbit, the crew heard a very loud noise originating from inside the helicopter. The pilot stated that he did not know what happened but knew there was an emergency. The helicopter shook and began to turn right. The pilot immediately lowered the collective and entered autorotation. The pilot flared and the helicopter impacted terrain in the backyard of a residence. Post accident examination revealed a .30-.06 rifle bullet (fired from a high-powered rifle) severed the left anti-torque pedal at the connecting point of the vertical control tube. The bullet then ricocheted into the pilot's leg. An engine inspection revealed no anomalies that would preclude the engine from developing power.

Probable Cause: the bullet(s), which severed the helicopter's left tail rotor pedal. Contributing factors were the severed anti-torque pedal and the unsuitable terrain for landing.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report

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09-Oct-2022 17:42 ASN Update Bot Added

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